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  • Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • Miami Marlins left fielder Curtis Granderson laughs with a young fan before a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Richards delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • Associated Press The Cubs’ Willson Contreras hits a home run during the seventh inning Monday in Miami against the Marlins.

Monday, April 15, 2019 11:50 pm

Contreras, Darvish help Cubs top Marlins

STEVEN WINE Associated Press

MIAMI – Willson Contreras hit his sixth homer, drove in three and reached base four times, and the Chicago Cubs thawed out to beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Monday night.

The temperature in Chicago was 33 when the Cubs’ game Sunday against the Angels was snowed out, and it was 84 with the retractable roof open for the first pitch at Marlins Park.

Yu Darvish (1-2) struck out eight in a season-high 52/3 innings. He gave up two runs to lower his ERA to 6.11. Three relievers completed the six-hitter.

Contreras walked to force in a run in the first, homered in the seventh and added an RBI single in the ninth. David Bote also drove in three.

The Cubs scored one run thanks to a replay reversal. Contreras was ruled out sliding into second on a two-out bases-loaded grounder to short in the fifth, but a review determined he beat the throw, allowing the runner on third to score and make it 5-2.

Chicago scored three times in the first, and Javier Baez drove in a run with a two-out bloop double in the fifth off Trevor Richards (0-2), who allowed five runs in 42/3 innings.

Miami backup catcher Chad Wallach homered in the fourth for his first RBI of the year.

The Marlins (4-13) have totaled five runs in their past six losses. The top four batters in their lineup finished the night with averages of .152, .213, .221 and .231.

Hitting contest

The Cubs’ Kris Bryant was twice hit by a pitch, and Contreras was hit once. Darvish then hit Lewis Brinson in the groin area with a 99 mph fastball.

Brinson left the game at the end of the inning. No warnings were issued.

Defensive battle

Each center fielder contributed a web gem. The Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr. robbed Curtis Granderson in the first when he made a running, lunging catch at the edge of the warning track and then slid into the wall.

Brinson was near the same spot when he made a leaping catch of Ben Zobrist’s fly in the fifth.